Minority Caucus

Carlos Rodríguez-Vidal,     
Minority Caucus Chair

Carlos Rodríguez-Vidal, Minority Caucus Chair

Greetings Minority Caucus Members,

We look forward to your participation at the upcoming Minority Caucus Virtual Meeting taking place on Saturday,  August 1, 2020, 3:30pm – 5:30pm (Central Time).

Please register for the ABA Virtual Annual Meeting and you will receive a link and log-in instructions to the Annual Meeting Site where you will have access to all events, including the Zoom Link for the Minority Caucus Meeting.

Important NoteFor the virtual meeting,  all participants, unless recognized to speak, will be placed and should remain on mute for the duration of the meeting. You can request to speak via the virtual “Raise Hand” feature. Please click to view the Zoom Meeting Instructions that are also available in the Meeting Resources  Section.

The Minority Caucus meeting is open to all members of the profession.  Invite your friends and colleagues!

Meeting Resources

Operating Rules

2020 Annual Meeting Agenda

2020 Midyear Meeting Minutes 

2020 Annual Resolution Cmte Report 

Zoom Meeting Instructions

Written Reports & Info

2020 NAPABA Report

2020 NNABA Report

2020 NBA Report

2020 HNBA Report 

2020 National LGBT Bar Report 

2020 Diversity and Inclusion Center Report

Consider Supporting the Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

Chair and Secretary Nominations


Adriane Dudley for Chair (Nomination Withdrawn-Effective 7/31/20)

Orlando Lucero for Chair


Rhonda Hunter for Secretary


Executive Director Jack Rives Remarks

HOD Chair Bill Bay Remarks

What is the ABA Minority Caucus?

The Minority Caucus of the ABA House of Delegates (House) provides a forum for racial or ethnic minority members of the House and those House members who have an interest in diversity issues -- to:

  • Identify and propose key issues to the House and assist in developing a leadership pool for minorities in the American Bar Association.
  • Provide a forum for HOD members to meet and 
  • network with one another prior to the opening session; discuss controversial or interesting reports and recommendations on the upcoming house agenda, often including inviting proponents and opponents to speak; and mentor new minority members.
  • Hear presentations from candidates for ABA officer and Board positions so that we can become acquainted with or reinforce relationships with the organization's top leaders and pose questions to candidates on their backgrounds and positions in a reasonably small setting.
  • Invite members of the Board of Governors to address the group so as to alert the Caucus members of key issues facing the ABA and Board and to facilitate an opportunity for input into the Board decision-making process
  • Participate in the ABA presidential appointment process and invite the President-elect or designee to attend and address the group so as to help to inform other groups about potential appointment opportunities.
  • Assist in developing a leadership pool for minorities in the ABA as we identify, encourage, and support minorities to apply for or run for leadership posts throughout the ABA and provide a means of recruiting and mentoring candidates to ensure there is always a ready pool of talent.
  • Work together to initiate, support, or oppose House resolutions in conjunction with others in the House, thus using the strength of the group to propose matters that merit House action and building coalitions with other House members to advocate for or against resolutions of interest to the Caucus.
  • Participate in the House of Delegates orientation program so as to acquaint new members with the existence and purposes of the Minority Caucus and to raise a higher profile for Caucus activities within the House structure.

The Caucus meets twice a year, at the ABA Annual and Midyear Meetings. In recent years, these meetings have been scheduled for the Sunday afternoon preceding the opening of the House. Check the meeting program book for dates, times and locations.

The Minority Caucus meeting is open to all members of the profession. Invite your friends and colleagues.

If you have any questions or would like to be added to the Caucus listserv, please send an email to diversity@americanbar.org.